Favorite films

  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Morvern Callar
  • Where Is My Friend's House?
  • An Angel at My Table

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  • RRR

    ★★★★

  • The Phantom of the Open

  • The Mountain Runners

  • Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story

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  • The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

    The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

    ★★★★

    It's difficult to understand how a documentary, set in the middle of a war zone in the Donbass region, can be both beautiful and hopeful, but this is it. The film follows the Trofymchuk-Gladky Ukrainian family--Anna, a single mother, and her four children, two young boys and two teen girls--and some of the first scenes set up the seriousness of their situation, as we watch Anna rush outside at night to find out which of the neighboring homes has just…

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Eggers really looked around the world, and thought, ”You know, what we really need these days is a story about a white man who receives a mystical prophecy about his pure bloodline and then spends his life questing in violent revenge for the murder of his father,* but after finding a beautiful blonde lady temporarily halts his quest long enough to wield his special sword so as to pass on his pure bloodline and make white babies, and then gets…

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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Random (very spoilery) notes:

    -The title/place name is oddly specific for such a nondescript town/place. Why the title? Is the town name important? Is it a small town? Large town? Small enough for one character to know about another character’s illness, but too big for hospital staff to know they shouldn’t put the perpetrator of violence in the same room with the victim of his violence? (But also, the hospital is so small-town they don’t have a separate burn unit?)…

  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★½

    Rather nervously sat down to watch this with our two teen daughters. I thought it might be traumatizing, too close to home, especially for our oldest, who has severe social anxiety and depression. But we stayed up til 2 AM afterwards talking. There were tears and hugs. They told us stuff they feel now and stuff they’d felt in middle school that they couldn’t say before. They saw themselves onscreen and saw someone knew and someone cared. 

    So grateful to  Bo Burnham and the medium of film — my girls felt seen.